As we are on the verge of bidding goodbye to the group stages of the World cup 2019, the 2015 runner up New Zealand would now lock horns against the Host England in the 41st fixture of ICC World Cup 2019. The match is scheduled to be played at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Wednesday.
This is a must-win match for England to fix their place in the semi-finals of the tournament, where New Zealand has already qualified for the next level.
Skipper Kane William would be hoping his 2015 world cup hero- Martin Guptill to take some responsibility with the bat in the crucial game against England.
Let me tell you, New Zealand leads by 5-3 in the eight matches they have played against each other in the history of World Cup.
New Zealand: L, L, W, W, NR
England: W, L, L, W, W
ENG vs NZ, Match 41, ICC World Cup 2019
Wednesday, 3rd July 2019
03:00 PM IST
Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street
The pitch at Chester mostly favors batsmen. High scoring game is expected to happen here. Pacer would have an opportunity with the new ball in hand. The match day weather promises to be bright and clear and no weather interruptions are expected.
Jason Roy came back from injury against India and played brilliantly. He replaced James Vince and would continue against England too.
Liam Plunkett replaced Moeen Ali in the previous game and took a hattrick.
England is likely to go unchanged against New Zealand.
Opener Colin Munro and fast bowler Matt Henry were replaced for Henry Nicholls and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi respectively in the game against Australia.
Nicholls was expensive in the last game, so there is doubt whether he will play against England or will bring Munro back.
Matt Henry could come back in the crucial game against England.
Ben Stokes: He could be a serious threat for the Kiwis. He has scored four fifties this tournament with the last one against India. Ben Strokes has always delivered on the big stages. His aggressive attitude really makes the opposition nervous and could play an x-factor role.
Ross Taylor: Ross Taylor has played some impressive innings alongside Kane Williamson. Taylor has got 5 half centuries against England including match-winnings 181* in a run chase of 335 in the last meeting at Dunedin. He would be preparing himself for another big score on Wednesday.
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Fantasy picks from New Zealand:
Kane Williamson has scored 4534 runs in 6 innings at an average of 113.50 in the World cup 2019. Williamson has an average of 57.87 against England with highest being 118 runs.
M Guptill might have not impressed much with his willow but he has been dangerous against this opposition. He holds an average of 51.66 against England with highest being 189*.
T Boult has bagged 17 wickets against England in 10 innings and at present in the World Cup, he has got 13 wickets in 7 innings.
Fantasy picks from England:
J Root is the leading run scorer for England. He has slammed 476 runs in 8 innings at an average of 68.00. J Root holds an average of 60.06 with highest being 106*.
J Bairstow has scored 356 runs in 8 innings for England and he averages 77.00 against New Zealand with the highest score being 138 runs.
C Woakes has bagged 9 wickets in 8 innings for England and against this opposition, he has plucked 18 wickets at an economy of 5.15.
Captain and Vice-captain: M Guptill & J Bairstow
Captain and Vice Captian: R Taylor & Ben Stokes